Italy’s Ducati rider Francesco Bagna scored his first victory in the MotoGP Grand Prix, by finishing the Aragon Grand Prix, the thirteenth round of the MotoGP World Championship, in first place, while Yamaha’s French rider Fabio Quartararo finished eighth, but remained at the top of the standings. general.
At the end of the third Spanish race of this season out of four scheduled on the calendar (the fourth will be the final round of the season on November 14 in Valencia), the seven-time world champion Marc Marques (Honda) after a very exciting struggle between them.
Although he was satisfied with finishing the race in eighth place, Quartararo remained at the top of the general classification by a large margin of 53 points from the second Banaya (214 to 161), while the other Spanish title holder Joan Mir (Suzuki), who finished third on Sunday, occupies third place (157 points). Five rounds before the end of the season.
After starting from pole, Banaya faced great pressure from Marques, who kept chasing him fiercely until the last meters of the race when the Spaniard, returning to competition after missing the whole last season due to injury, made a mistake at one of the corners, allowing the Italian to breathe a sigh of relief and cross the finish line in first place.
Despite his modest experience compared to the Spaniard, who won 57 races in the Grand Class, the 24-year-old Banaya showed great composure and responded to Marques every time the latter succeeded in overtaking him.
Emotions were “overwhelming” after the race, according to the Italian cyclist, adding, “We worked very hard to reach this result. This victory today was a liberation (from the great pressure).”
“It wasn’t easy to stay in front of Mark (Marques),” he admitted. He may not yet be at the top of his game (as a result of his absence from the whole of last season), but he is a very strong competitor.”
After he was third on the starting line, Quartararo slipped and was unable to compensate, so the French rider, who won five races this season, the last of which was the last stage at Silverstone, was satisfied with the points of eighth place, but he remained at the top of the overall standings with a very comfortable difference, which enhances the chances of the 22-year-old with his first title at Launching in all three categories.